Grass-Fed Beef---It's What's For Thinner
As I mentioned in our Home section, Sandy and I have switched to grass fed beef (our grass-fed beef) because I discovered that I was beginning to develop excess plaque build up in my carotid arteries. I had no idea that this was occurring and fortunately it was discovered early while dealing with another issue. Because the internet, universities and libraries are brimming with information and support of the health benefits derived from eating grass fed beef, it was a no brainer and we switched quickly.
A good first step in eating correctly is a healthy mistrust in what the government promotes as good, healthy and desirable. Because it is the government, the origin of their decisions and promotions (propaganda) starts with the money trail in their zeal to make your decisions for you. As their haul increases, the tenacity of government propaganda increases exponentially. One who wishes to live by their own better standards must never believe what the government says or promotes without an extremely healthy dose of skepticism. You must hone the skill of thinking for yourself. Rarely does a government decision or belief center on what is best for you. Their decisions are based on their agenda. As you diverge from government's clever propaganda, the more isolated you will tend to become. However, you will become more healthy, knowledgeable and fulfilled.
Most of the information I will share with you here will be redundant, considering the large amount of information pertaining to grass fed beef that has already been published outside of the USDA. But, if you are new to the product called grass-fed beef and could benefit from my brief explanation, this section will be well worth it.
More Than Just A Cow On High Grass
Plaque begins to build in a person's arteries from the time they are children. Depending on the person, it just takes a certain number of years for it to develop to the point that it becomes a problem. This problem is know as "inflammation." With today's processed and manipulated food supply this problem has quickly and largely spread. California State University, Chico, CA did a review of fatty acid profiles and antioxidant content in grass-fed and grain-fed beef in 2010. Their review concluded, "Research spanning three decades supports the argument that grass-fed beef (on a g/g fat basis), has a more desirable SFA (Saturated Fatty Acid) lipid profile (more C18:0 cholesterol-neutral SGA and less C14:0 & C16:0 cholesterol elevating SFAs as compared to grain-fed beef. Grass-finished beef is also higher in total conjugated linoleic acid or CLA (C18:2) isomers, trans vaccenic acid or TVA (C18:1t11) and n-3 FAs on a g/g basis. This results in a better n-6:n-3 (omega 6: omega 3) ratio that is preferred by the nutritional community. Grass-fed beef is also higher in precursors for Vitamin A and E and cancer fighting antioxidants such as GT (glutathione) and SOD (superoxide dismutase) activity as compared to grain-fed contemporaries. Grass-fed beef tends to be lower in overall fat content, an important consideration for those consumers interested in decreasing overall fat consumption." To boil it down, grass-fed beef is a whole lot better for you than grain fed beef.
The university also stated, "A healthy diet should consist of roughly one to four times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3 fatty acids. The typical American diet tends to contain 11 to 30 times more omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3, a phenomenon that has been hypothesized as a significant factor in the rising rate of inflammatory disorders in the United States." Their review shows significant differences between grass-fed and grain-fed beef with an overall average of 1.53 and 7.65 for grass-fed and grain-fed respectively for all their studies. And, if you eat corn, to boil it down, your're eating bad and part of the problem is grain fed beef.
Research shows that grass-fed beef is up to three times leaner than grain-fed beef, and can have up to 15 fewer calories per ounce than meat from a grain fed cow. Over a lifetime, that can add up to 10's of thousands of unnecessary calories. Additionally, grass-fed beef contains more beta carotene and folic acid. As cattle are taken off pasture and forced on a grain based diet, all these benefits decline significantly and quickly. To boil it down, grain fed cattle is much less healthy than grass-fed cattle.
Deaths and illness from e-coli bacteria are a rather new phenomenon as well as mad cow disease. Many experts believe that the new increase in e-coli bacteria problems are a result of feeding grain to ruminant animals. The grains, an unnatural product fed to cows, change the normal acidic content of their stomachs. Without the natural grass content in their stomachs, the acid content changes and the cow's natural system is unable to control and kill a sufficient amount of the bacteria. The uncontrolled bacteria proliferates, spreads and infects the rest of the cow. Also, I have not heard of 1 case of mad cow disease found in a true grass-fed herd. Have you? To boil it down, grain fed cattle create a lot more problems for you than the extra dollars that those who raise them gain.
Raising Grass-Fed Cows Is Contemporarily Inefficient !
I should explain that there are no clear, strict rules or guidelines as to what grass-fed beef is and isn't. Grass-fed claims don't necessarily mean 100% grass-fed. Grass finished doesn't necessarily mean 100% grass-fed. Grass-fed doesn't necessarily mean only grass or forage. Grass-fed doesn't include requirements to withold hormones, GMO's or antibiotics. It doesn't mean pasture kept, but could be in a pen. There is as much Tom Foolery in what is not said as is in what is said. This is why in court, before you testify, you pledge to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. You should avoid jumping to conclusions about what certain claims mean and don't mean and personally check it out where possible. Remember, the claims about what the beef is does not dictate the chemistry and fatty acid profile of that beef. Once you know your grass-fed source, it is much easier to get the benefits you need or are seeking.
Kick The Dope - Get The Grass
Is The Meat You Buy Clean Or Dirty?
Time is money. Competition is fierce. That is why doping and graining cattle has proliferated. There is money to be made pushing dope to most farmers. and there is money to be made by farmers pushing this dope to their cows and pigs. Hormones and antibiotics are the two worst abused drugs. Drug addicts are referred to as being either clean or dirty when it comes to their continued use of drugs. If they have been able to kick the habit, they are considered "clean." If they are still using, they are "dirty." Most beef and pork in the U.S. today is "dirty."
MOST COMMON EXCUSES USED FOR DRUG ADDICTION
The first of the two most popular excuses I hear from the grain fed, commercial beef crowd is that the hormone infected, antibiotic induced grain fed cows are necessary in order for the commercial beef industry to raise enough beef to "feed the world." The second excuse I hear from this industry without excuses is that there is not enough pasture land available in order to raise enough grass-fed cows to "feed the world". I suggest that the grain fed beef industry's primary goal is to feed (feed here is best defined as market) the world their line of bull. However, if what they do is dictated by their overwhelming passion to feed the world, they are way over-stocked in cattle. Yes, they have way too may cows. We must remember that well over half the world (I have heard 63%) is not interested in eating cows, beef. If the commercial beef industry is truly committed to feeding the world, they would realize that they could feed beef to at least 9 Islamic nations with a 5 acre hobby farm. In order to better pursue feeding the world, the commercial beef industry should recommend that their members remove at least 1/2 of their cows (Those cows are an obstacle to ending world hunger). They should then begin raising sheep and goats. By raising sheep and goats they would be supplying over half of the world's desire and assure that there is plenty of pasture land available to feed that world (you can raise multiple sheep and goats on the same amount of pasture that it takes to raise one cow). But, I don't really believe that the beef industry is committed to doing what they say they are. No, I just believe that the grain fed crowd is only committed to marketing to the world their line of bull (excuses).
Yes, true grass-fed beef runs a little more per pound . This is partially because of time and the continued input over this additional time. But another factor is quality. Pharmaceutical manipulated/generated grain fed beef is a weak, washed out, under achieving exercise in trying to "feed the world." Pound for pound of quality, Grain Fed Beef Is Extremely Overpriced and an Under Performer. Just ask the pig farmers who overtook the beef ranchers in volume sold in the U.S.
At Attadale Farm, our goal is not to join the crowd to help "feed the world". Our goal is to "feed you" (and me).... The Best We Can!
Remember, My Cows and Pigs Eat Right So You Can Too!
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